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HatMaking 



Make! 



HatMaking 

Written By: Chris Connors 



SUMMARY 

This project can take about an hour, more if you want to be more precise or add more 
customization to your hats. Your hat will be made to fit your head, or could be used as a gift. 

Photos of the development of this project: 

Deconstructing Hats set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/connors934/... 

One Hour Hat set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/connors934/... 

Hatmaking set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/connors934/. .. 



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Step 1 — HatMaking 




• Make the template or pattern for the hat. 

• Measure the circumference of your head. 

• Make a rectangle of paper that is the length of your head's circumference, with a some 
extra allowance for the seams. 

• Fold this piece of paper in half, and then into thirds. This will give you six segments. 

• Make a crease at the center of the folded paper; this will be the middle of the segments. 

• The middle of the segments will be the peaks, and the folds on the edge of the segments 
will be the valleys. 



Step 2 




• Pin your template or pattern to the fabric. 

• Cut along the edge of the paper. 

• Remove the template/pattern from the fabric. 

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Step 3 




• Decide which will be the outside of 
the hat and which will be the inside. 

• Pin the two valleys closest to the 
ends so that the inside fabric is 
showing. 

• Using a whip stitch, sew the 
valleys closest to the ends from 
the valley to the peak. 

• Pin the next valleys towards the 
center. 

• Sew these valleys from the valley 
to the peak. 

• Sew from the bottom of the center 
valley to the back of the head. 

• Try your new hat on. 



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Step 4 




• If you want your hat to be 
reversible, make another just like 
the one you just made. 

• Turn the first hat inside out and 
place the second hat inside it with 
the seams visible. 

• Pin the two hats together with the 
seams meeting at the same point. 

• Sew the hem along the bottom 
edge of the hat. 

• Before sewing the last segment of 
the hem, pull the hat right side out 
and fit one of the hats into the 
other. Finishing off the hem will 
seal the hat. 

• When you sew the bottom 
edge, you will make the hat 
tighter. If you start with a snug- 
fitting hat, the finished reversible 
hat may not fit. 

• Sew the tops together so they stay 
put. 

• You now have a reversible hat that 
can be changed to suit your mood 
and/or outfit. Stay warm! 



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Step 5 




• After making your first hat, you 
may discover that you can make 
hats in lots of different styles, with 
various materials. 

• You can use fleece from a blanket, 
or less fuzzy materials. 

• You can also alternate between 
warm fuzzy and durable like denim. 

• After you've made the hat, you can 
also add features like headphones, 
LED lights for nighttime visibility or 
other electronics. 

• As a classroom project, here are 
the items that students would hand 
in: 
http://pemtech.pbworks.eom/w/page/4771 67... 



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